A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the Delhi government to submit reports or studies on the basis of which it planned to enforce the scheme from November 13 to November 17.
Uncertainty prevails over the implementation of the "odd-even car-rationing scheme" in Delhi with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday asking the city government to explain why the measure should be rolled out in the Capital next week when the pollution levels, according to reports, are likely to reduce considerably.
NGT gave its nod to the Delhi government to implement the odd even scheme with an underlying objective to improve the dismal air quality. Former transport minister Gopal Rai had held a session with women's groups, the AAP government had even held public meetings attended by SDM-rank officers to record votes in favour and against exempting women.
Swaraj India Party's Delhi Unit Chief, Anupam said that "I am not, in principle, opposed to the odd-even scheme as and when it is required but Delhi's public transport is in shambles".
After the hearing, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal called for an emergency meeting, to discuss the conditions put forth by NGT.
Earlier in the day, the NGT questioned the Delhi government for not filing a review petition and wondered if its statement on Saturday was a media gimmick.
This is due to the severe air pollution and smog in Delhi.
In a plea filed to the NGT, the AAP government sought changes in the tribunal's previous directions on the odd-even scheme implementation.
Manoj Tiwari, the president of Delhi BJP, said that air pollution levels in the city are 4-7 times higher than the normal posing serious health hazard to the people.
The court also directed various departments and executing agencies, including the Delhi police, for better cooperation and coordination during the odd-even scheme. The harassment one goes through as a woman using public transport was enough to prompt me to put my savings into a depreciating asset; it wasn't just a auto for me, it was my independence.
Air pollution is a leading cause of premature death in India.
Delhi is considered to be the most polluted city in the world.
The CNG vehicles and emergency services, such as ambulance and fire engines, will only get exemption during the odd-even scheme.
"The state government still went ahead with the scheme, even though their own Delhi Pollution Board said it was not effective, and in fact, worsened the situation in phase-1 and phase-2".